Q/A NESA Awards

Q/A NESA Awards

Q: What is the process for submitting a DESA nomination?

A: Nominations must be submitted by the council NESA committee only. Individuals may not submit a nomination directly to the national office. The nomination form should be accompanied by documentation detailing the nominee’s national achievements in his field and a record of his community service. This can be mailed or emailed to NESA, but it must be submitted by the council or NESA committee representative only.

Q: How is a DESA nomination process approved?

A: The DESA committee is made up of seven volunteer DESA recipients from around the country. Nominations are submitted electronically to the members and they have two weeks to return their vote to NESA. A NESA staffer will collect the votes and notify the council of their decision. The vote must be a majority decision and does not need to be unanimous.

Q: How can I ensure a DESA nomination will be approved?

A: The DESA is a national award requiring national distinction in the nominee’s field. Nominations that do not present proof of national distinction are denied. In some cases the council may choose to grant the NOESA instead. Due to the variety of professionals who are nominated, there are a variety of ways the nominee might receive national recognition in his field. For example: doctors might hold positions on national medical boards, receive national awards from their peers, pioneer medical techniques that become an industry standard, or make a discovery that leads to advances in medicine. NESA created the NESA Outstanding Eagle Scout Award in 2011 to recognize Eagle Scouts for accomplishments at the local, state, and regional level; therefore, DESA nominations should provide recognition beyond the state and regional level or the DESA committee will deny and recommend granting the NOESA instead.

Q: How long does it take to approve a DESA nomination?

A: NESA recommends waiting at least a month before inquiring. DESA nominations are submitted to the committee about once a month and the voters are given two weeks to respond.

Q: What recognition items will NESA provide when a DESA nominee is approved?

A: Councils may purchase recognition items through NESA, including a wall plaque, presentation kit, and device. These items must be ordered through NESA as these are restricted items and Supply needs verification that each award has been approved by the national office.

Q: When and how should a DESA be presented?

A: The award may be presented by the recipient’s council, the recipient’s colleagues, or both. The recipient should be consulted and given the chance to invite the people he wishes to share the occasion with. The timing should also be set by the recipient as these men are not aware of their nomination and they may not desire a public presentation, or they may desire to put it off for an extended period due to previous obligations.

Q: What is the process for submitting a NOESA Nomination?

A: Nominations must be submitted by the council NESA committee and signed by the council executive and president. Individuals may not submit a nomination directly to the national office. Since the NOESA is a council award, the nomination form does not need to be accompanied by documentation detailing the nominee’s achievements, but it is recommended that the council retain such information for presentation purposes and for future reference. Nomination form and additional information may be found here.

Q: How is the NOESA approved?

A: The council NESA committee is responsible for selecting the recipient(s) and submitting the nomination and securing approval by the Scout executive and Council president. The council NESA committee may delegate selection to a NESA awards sub-committee. The NOESA is a council award and therefore, does not require national approval.

Q: How long does it take to approve a NOESA nomination?

A: The nominee is not recognized as a NOESA recipient until the application has been filed with the National Eagle Scout Association and credentials returned to the council.

Q: What recognition items will NESA provide when the nominee is approved?

A: NESA will provide a certificate suitable for framing, knot device, and lapel pin. A ribbon with medal (Supply Item #614640) may be purchased separately through National Supply Group. (Main Number: 1-800-323-0732) Extra lapel pins and devices are available for purchase at www.nesastore.org.

Q: How should the council present a NOESA?

A: The award may be presented by the recipient’s council, the recipient’s colleagues, or both. The recipient should be consulted and given the chance to invite the people he wishes to share the occasion with.

Q: What is the process for submitting a ESSPY Nomination?

A: Nominations for the Council Service Project of the Year Award may be submitted to the council NESA committee by an Eagle Scout, his parents, or any registered BSA volunteer (with the Eagle Scout's permission) by January 21 for consideration.

The council NESA committee will select a winner and must email the council winner's nomination form and a scanned copy of the winning Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook—including attachments—to the National Eagle Scout Association at adamsaward@scouting.org by February 21 of each year.

Regional winners and the National winner will be announced by April 8 of each year, in time to be announced at the National Annual Meeting in May.

Q: How many recipients may a council select for the council service project of the year?

A: One.

Q: How is the council service project of the year recipient selected?

A: Each council NESA committee may create their own criteria for selecting their council's Adams Eagle Scout Service Project recipient. However, the selection for the regional and national award is based on the following:

  • Project planning
  • Effort to develop the project
  • Extent and character of leadership provided by the Scout
  • Extent of achievement of the planned result
  • Project's impact on the beneficiary and/or on the community at large
  • Originality of the project
  • Time and materials contributed
  • Level of skill employed to complete the project
  • Whether the project will have long lasting impact

Q: If I have moved to a new council but became a James E. West Fellow in a previous council, do I need to become a James E. West Fellow again in my new council before I can become a Fellow in the NESA Legacy Society?

A: No.


Last revised November 15, 2017